Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2019

Union County Celebrates National Poetry Month with Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

Union, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all members of the public to celebrate National Poetry Month with readings by Paul Muldoon, acclaimed author of Moy Sand and Gravel. Mr. Muldoon received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the 2003 International Griffin Poetry Prize for Moy Sand and Gravel.

“An Evening of Poetry with Paul Muldoon” takes place on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m., at The Little Theater at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue Union Township.

“This special event is a unique opportunity to experience the artistry of one of the world’s leading literary figures,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski. “Paul Muldoon has been described as ‘the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War’ and we are very proud to welcome him to Union County.”

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Since 1987 Mr. Muldoon has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University and was founding chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. He was also appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker in 2007.

Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize and International Griffin Poetry Prize, other awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry.

The 2019 National Poetry Month event is sponsored by the Freeholder Board through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation, and is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

For more information on all Cultural and Heritage programs visit ucnj.org, call 908-436-2912 or email jprescott@ucnj.org.

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